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Texas Tech transfer Josh Mballa commits to UB basketball

Texas Tech forward Josh Mballa has verbally committed to the University at Buffalo, the school announced Friday.

The 6-8 Mballa will need to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

His transfer was first reported by Evan Daniels of  247Sports.

Mballa appeared in 17 games last season, including Tech's victory against UB in the NCAA Tournament, and scored 13 points on the season in 57 total minutes. He is noted as a tough rebounder and defender.

"Josh is an extremely active forward who played for an outstanding program in Texas Tech this past year," Bulls coach Jim Whitesell said in a press release. "He has won at every level he has played at and his best basketball is still ahead of him. He has international experience playing for the French national team and he can really run the floor. We like Josh's versatility and we are extremely impressed with his attitude and work ethic."

Born in Michigan, Mballa grew up in France before returning to the United States for high school. Rivals had him ranked as a three-star recruit. He attended Putnam Science Academy and was on the school's national title team in 2018, a team that included St. Bonaventure's Kyle Lofton and Osun Osunniyi.

Mballa played for the French national team in the U17 World Championships and the U18 European Championships.

 

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